downthetubes is undergoing some main site refurbishment...
The downthetubes news blog was assimilated into our main site back in 2013, but we're glad you're here, because that's currently undergoing some under the bonnet refurb! So we've brought this blog back from the dead to tide us over.
We expect to be back up and running next week, just before the 2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival - see you there?
Hop over to www.downthetubes.net for other British comics news, comic creating guides, interviews and much more!
Friday, 21 September 2007
There's nostalgia and then there's nostalgia. For some of us older types, it's the 1966 World Cup, "Love Cats" by the Cure and TV21. For the owner of the web site linked here, it's Luminous Spooks.
I'd never heard of Luminous Spooks before now, but in 1965, there was a set of cereal premiums given away in Sugar Puffs. They were called 'Luminous Spooks' and a television advertisement promoted them. Apparently, composer Barry Gray (who also wrote the music for Thunderbirds etc) did the music for this and Thunderbirds voice actor David Graham was the voice artiste.
Anyway, this web site has to be one of the most impressive labours of love about a product from a bygone age that I've seen in a while and the creators have done a fine job tracking down everything you need to know about the "Spooks". But does anyone reading this remember the television advertisement and its music -- and if they do, do you know where a copy of the advertisement might be found?
Get in touch with the site owner and let them know.
Thursday, 20 September 2007
"Over the past 30 years, the weekly British comic's distinctive visions of the future have shaped the imaginations of a generation of young readers," Radio 4's online trailer opines. "Its dark and gritty tales, often set in a near future of post-apocalyptic urban decay, have changed the tone of science fiction."
Radio 4 has of course done several comics related documentaries over the years - they interviewed my Mum for one about Film Fun - and the results are usually pretty good.
• You can listen to Radio 4 online via the official BBC web site
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Aye, today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
The official web site offers the following advice on the basics of how to talk like a pirate... have fun!
Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew. There are several other sites that offer glossaries that are pretty good, and you can find some of them on their links page.
But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, a "pirate patina," if you will, here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate Day with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if that's your thing.
Ahoy! - "Hello!"
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"
Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
545 Air Ace Picture Libraries,
1706 Battle Picture Libraries,
76 Giant War Picture Libraries,
2103 War Picture Libraries,
36 War At Sea Picture Libraries
plus all the Air Ace, Attack, Battle, Battler Britton and War Picture Library Holiday Specials and last but not least the War Picture Library Special Extras.